Learning how to draw a Sea Otter gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. This one shows what a cute otter looks like out of the water.
Sea otters are pretty amazing animals. Here are a couple of fun facts that kids can think about as they work on their drawing.
One is that sea otters have the thickest fur of all marine mammals. They have an estimated one million hairs per square inch, as opposed to humans that have about 100,000 per square inch on our heads. They have no blubber on their bodies to give them insulation, so they rely on their fur to keep warm.
The second is that the otter is one of the few mammals that uses tools. A sea otter’s tool of choice? Typically it’s a rock that can be used as a hammer or anvil to break open sea urchins or other hard-shelled prey. They have a loose patch of skin under their armpit to store both the food they’ve foraged and their rock to crack it open.
Although sea otters spend most of their lives in water, this tutorial shows one standing on the ground so you can see how the legs and tail are shaped.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
You may have noticed that there is a grid of three dashed lines, both in horizontal and vertical directions, on every step of this tutorial. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the sea otter body shape starts with an oval that sits in the third line down of the paper. It touches the left most line and overlaps the right one just a bit.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to draw a big fat pencil lines one their sheet of paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the paper in half twice, both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases made for these guidelines will disappear.
And now, on to our sea otter drawing project.
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Materials for How to Draw an Easy Sea Otter
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Drawing Tutorial for an Easy Sea Otter
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw an Easy Sea Otter
- Draw an egg shape laying on its side.
- Add a round head and connect with a neck.
- Erase inside line and draw the face and otter’s ears.
- Draw the whiskers and neck line.
- Erase chin line and add two front legs.
- Erase inside leg line and start part of the back leg.
- Erase inside line and draw the sea otter’s tail and foot.
- Erase inside tail line and add a background.
- Trace with a marker and color with crayons or colored pencils.